Julien's Auctions, which bills itself as "the world's premiere celebrity and memorabilia auction house," is busy preparing for next month's Hollywood Icons & Idols Auction, described as "an unprecedented Hollywood collection of more than 800 items of screen worn wardrobe, props, original photographs, and celebrity owned items.
The sale is Nov. 9 and 10 at Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery location.
But what is likely the most unusual item of the event is a piece of preserved wedding cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana from their nupitials on July 29, 1981. Expected to fetch a royal asking price, the Julien's auction catalog describes the 31-year-old cake as "not intended to be eaten."
The cake, created for "the wedding of the century," was made by Chef David Avery and it is still neatly folded with white lace wrap, just as the guest received it. Another auction lot also includes a piece of the wedding cake from Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding, which was a much more durable "fruit cake with brandy mixture" made by Fiona Cairns.
Also included in the auction is one of Judy Garland's blue gingham dresses from "The Wizard of Oz," she wore as Dorothy Gale, and expected to earn $400,000-$600,000, sold with both the original blouse and pinafore.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death and a skirt worn by Monroe in 1953 is being sold ($4,000-$6,000) along with Marilyn's very personal collection of her black check make-up bag and make-up ($2,000-$3,000).
Other highlights include the marriage license of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher (Est: $4,000-$6,000) from the estate of Lawerence Kammet, Fisher's publicist in the 1950s to the 1970s, Taylor's Golden Globe statuette from the provocative film "Suddenly, Last Summer" (Est: $30,000-$50,000) and a 1951 screen worn gown made with layers of tulle and velvet flowers from "A Place in the Sun" created by Edith Head. (Edith won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film.) (Est: $20,000-$30,000).
Also offered is a racing jacket worn by Steve McQueen emblazoned on the back with the name of McQueen's company, Solar Plastics Engineering, and on the front with his name (Est: $40,000-$60,000), personal wardrobes from Tallulah Bankhead, like her aquamarine and diamond platinum ring (Est: $4,000-$6,000), and a brooch she referred to as the "Star of Finland," and Jayne Mansfield's jungle cat print gown for a 1957 publicity shoot, along with Clark Gable's personal set of golf clubs (Est: $3,000-$5,000), Robert Goulet's vintage T. Anthony traveling desk and jewelry and screen worn costumes from "South Pacific" and "Camelot."
Other clothing offered include Katherine Hepburn's jacket (Est: $2,000-$3,000), Ann Miller's gown by Irene from "Easter Parade" (Est: $1,000-$2,000), Rita Hayworth's Orry-Kelly designed period gown from "The Strawberry Blonde" (Est: $4,000-$6,000), Loretta Young's costume from the 1941 film "The Men in Her Life" (Est: $2,000-$3,000), Bette Davis' costume from the finale of "The Great Lie" (Est: $1,000-$2,000), Esther Williams' "The Duchess of Idaho" swimsuit (Est: $600-$800), Vincent Price's period coat from the 1963 thriller "The Raven" (Est: $1,000-$2,000), Julie Andrews' dress from her beloved role as Maria in "The Sound of Music" (Est: $40,000-$60,000) and Christopher Reeves' special effects "Superman" costume from "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" (Est: $15,000-$20,000).